- suv 67,722
- 16,300 high price
- Newnan, GA
- 5 months
2009 toyota highlander review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Recently redesigned suv is comfortable and convenient. introductionthe toyota highlander is a family hauler that's smooth and comfortable with generous space for passengers and cargo. It displaces 2. 7 liters, makes 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, and delivers attractive epa fuel economy ratings of 20/27 mpg city/highway. It has a variable intake manifold and variable valve timing with intelligence (vvt-i) to optimize torque and fuel efficiency and to deliver strong response at all engine speeds. Otherwise, the highlander is unchanged for 2009. a versatile cabin adds to the attractiveness of the highlander as a family vehicle. The second row can slide forward and back, and the third-row seat is hospitable for children and capable of carrying adults. A 3. 5-liter v6 delivers 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The 3. 5-liter v6 is buttery smooth, as is its five-speed automatic transmission, which downshifts seamlessly to provide ample passing punch. Front-wheel-drive highlanders with the 3. 5-liter v6 are epa-rated at 18/24 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive models are rated slightly lower at 17/23 mpg. the highlander hybrid has a 270-hp gas/electric powertrain that provides smooth, plentiful power. The gasoline engine is a 3. 3-liter v6 that delivers 208 horsepower and 212 pound-feet of torque and is matched to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ecvt). In combination with the electric motors, the complete hybrid powertrain can deliver 270 horsepower to the driving wheels. The hybrid is rated at 27/25 mpg city/highway. gasoline-only highlanders come standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available for customers who want all-weather capability and enhanced safety. Hybrids come standard with all-wheel drive. the highlander is a so-called crossover suv, meaning it's built more like a car than a truck. The highlander is based on the architecture of the toyota camry midsize sedan. The highlander sport 30,000) and limited 33,070) come standard with the 3. 5-liter v6. The all-wheel-drive models all have the 3. 5-liter v6, and are available in base 29,050), sport 31,450), and limited 34,520) trim. Limited models also come with opening rear glass, a rear tonneau cover, cargo area levers to fold the second-row seats, and the multi-function display. Limited models ride on the standard suspension, but they get the 245/55r19 tires and 19-inch wheels. limited hybrid models come with the same features as the limited. options include leather upholstery 1,490 for two rows, $1,840 for three rows), a navigation system in combination with a jbl audio system 2,530), front dual-zone climate control 375), automatic rear air conditioning 585), heated front seats 440), upgraded jbl audio with nine speakers and a bluetooth hands-free cell phone link 630), sunroof 850), power rear tailgate 400), rear dvd entertainment 1,700), several other options, and numerous packages that combine individual options. safety features on all models include dual front airbags, front side-impact airbags for thorax protection, head-protecting curtain side airbags that cover all three seating rows, a driver's knee airbag, active front headrests, tire-pressure monitor, antilock brakes, traction control, antiskid control, and hill-start assist. Hill descent control is standard on awd models. walkaroundthe toyota highlander is in the heart of the midsize crossover suv market, and is about the same size as the honda pilot. It features softer styling than the 4runner midsize suv and the retro-styled fj cruiser. Truck-based platforms, rugged suspensions and low-range transfer cases make 4runner and fj cruiser highly capable off road. The highlander is based on the same architecture as that of the camry and avalon sedans. Highlander's all-wheel-drive systems are designed for taming slippery pavement and wintry conditions, not for climbing rocks and traversing rough terrain. The look is more suv than station wagon, and the available 19-inch alloy wheels add to the muscular stance. alloy wheels come standard, so every highlander looks well-equipped. Fit and finish are excellent and the design is attractive. There are more hard plastic finishes than in a lexus, but those plastics are nicely grained and assembled with care. the secondary controls are easy to spot, and they move with precision. A 3. 5-inch screen displays trip computer and climate control information on all but the base model. The picture is very small, but it could help the driver avoid making the tragic mistake of backing over a child and in everyday use it speeds parallel parking or backing up to a wall. opt for the navigation system, and the camera is projected onto the larger navigation screen, making the image easier to see. This is a far useful tool than the standard screen when it comes to backing up. This screen also displays some of the audio controls, adding an extra step or two when changing stations, but the system works very well. cup holders abound, with 10 cup holders scattered throughout the cabin. Larger bottle holders are provided in the doors, handy for large water bottles. There's also plenty of storage for small items. hybrid models have some exclusive interior touches. The gauges are trimmed in blue instead of red, and a power meter replaces the tachometer. Displayed either on the multifunction screen or the navigation screen are consumption and energy monitor information. The consumption screen displays fuel economy in real time and five-minute increments, and the energy monitor screen employs a schematic to show when the gas engine and electric motors are in use. The highlander's elevated ride height and upright seating position give it that desirable suv trait but with easier step-in than what's found in older, truck-based suvs. head and leg room are generous in the first and second rows.
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